MotoGP 2022. Dutch GP, the themes on the eve of the GP: who can prevent Quartararo from closing the world championship?

Ducati do not start favorites at Assen, but for Bagnaia it is the last chance not to let Quartararo escape. Eyes also on Zarco and Espargaro

June 23, 2022

S.i runs in Assen for the 73rd time. The original circuit, used until 1954, measured 16.54 km, reduced to 7.7 km in 1955, then to 6.1 km in 1984. Currently it runs on the track modified in 2006, with some other small adjustments in 2016, of 4,555 meters. Since 2016 the DutchTT has been moved to Sunday from the original Saturday: a peculiarity that made this appointment somehow special. Too bad we have lost this tradition.

In 1975, the only time in the history of the 500, Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini crossed the finish line so close to each other that the mileage system of the time - there were only tenths of a second - did not allow to say which of the two had arrived. first at the finish line and the victory was awarded to both.

Historically it is not a favorable track for Ducati: the last - and only - triumph dates back to 2008, with the "usual" Casey Stoner, while the current riders have never reached the podium with the DesmsosediciGP.

Fabio Quartararo won here in 2021: if he succeeds in repeating himself, he would become the first rider to win two consecutive editions of the DutchTT, since the time of Valentino Rossi, winner in 2004 and 2005, also with Yamaha.

Since 2011, the first step of the podium has gone alternately to a Yamaha rider and a Honda rider: therefore, according to this statistic, it would be up to a pilot with the RC213V. Let's say, however, that it is very unlikely (euphemism) that the tradition will continue: but never say never… Here are the main themes on the eve of the Dutch GP, the 11th round of the season.


    Quartararo for the definitive escape

    Un another success, which would then be the third in a row, would make Fabio Quartararo go on vacation with the knowledge that he will have a great chance of repeating the title he won in 2021. To keep the championship open, his opponents must absolutely put him behind.

    Zarco in constant growth

    Quinto at Le Mans, fourth at Mugello, third at Montmelò, second at Sachsenring: Johann Zarco is constantly growing. Could he complete the series by triumphing in Assen? Yes, according to his form, not if you look at the historic Ducati. I also remember that the two-time Moto2 champion has not yet won in MotoGP. In any case, he can be one of the great protagonists of the GP.

    Ducati for confirmation

    C.As the statistics say - only seven podiums in total - this is a historically difficult track for Ducati: being competitive here too would absolutely certify that the GP22 is the best bike in the category. Always assuming that there is still a need ...

    Beware of Vinales

    P.ole and second place in 2021, when the relationship with Yamaha was officially broken. After what we saw at Sachsenring, it is reasonable to expect a Maverick Vinales in great form, perhaps even more competitive than his teammate.

    A.Espargaro for the first time under pressure

    D.When he is in Aprilia, it is perhaps the first time that he has arrived at a track where there is the possibility that his teammate may be faster than him: how will Aleix Espargaro react? This one from Assen is a good test bench for the Spaniard.

    Bagnaia to prove what it's worth

    THEThe championship is heavily compromised, but Pecco Bagnaia still has a lot to say. First of all, he has the opportunity to prove that he is the fastest (as many believe him, including me): it is reasonable to expect a reaction of great pride.

    Unforgettable Dutch GP

    Andcco those I remember most intensely (they are not necessarily the most spectacular, they are the ones I remember best)

    1997, 500 class: risking slick tires (if I remember correctly…), Doriano Romboni takes the Aprilia 500 (twin cylinder) for the first time on the podium in this category. Immense Doriano;

    1998, 250 class: Valentino Rossi wins his first GP in this category: another 13 successes will follow, 4 in 1998, 9 in 1999;

    1999, 250 class: A crazy challenge between Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi, "forced" to leave Aprilia for Honda, despite the title won in

    1998: Loris wins in sprint after a series of huge overtakes;

    2001, 500 class: one of the very first challenges in this category between three Italian champions: Max Biaggi wins, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi, with the three riders enclosed in 0 "732 (obviously, I did not remember this figure, I read in the magic books);

    2007, MotoGP class: Rossi is only 11th in qualifying, but passes first under the checkered flag after an exciting comeback and a spectacular challenge with Casey Stoner with three laps to go. Unforgettable;

    2011, MotoGP class: Ben Spies wins his first and only race in MotoGP, also taking advantage of a contact at the start involving team mate Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Simoncelli;

    2013, MotoGP class: after two very difficult years in Ducati, which had almost brought him to retire, Rossi returns to Yamaha and at Assen he savors the taste of victory after two and a half years (the previous success dates back to September 2009). In the same GP, team-mate Jorge Lorenzo finished fifth just 24 hours after a shoulder operation suffered in Barcelona following a crash on Friday. He stuff from other times;

    2015, MotoGP class: Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez touch the last variant after a very aggressive attempt to overtake Marquez. Rossi raises the bike and wins after having covered the chicane in the sand, while Marquez manages not to fall and crosses the finish line second. An episode determined in the course of the season and in the breakdown of the relationship between the two drivers;

    2017, MotoGP class: Rossi wins by beating a tenacious Danilo Petrucci. It is the latest triumph of Valentino's legendary career.

    Favorites to the title

    AndI see how my favorites for the title change after ten GPs:

    Quartararo 60%; A.Espargaro 10%; Zarco 10%; Bastiani 10%; Bagnaia 10%.

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